Tadpoles of Xenopus laevis are shown to respond to magnetic fields using a gravity-related test paradigm. They exhibit a directional selectivity with respect to angular variations of the inclination of low-intensity magnetic fields. This response is abolished when the optic nerves of the tadpole are transected, indicating that the peripheral optical system is involved in the detection of magnetic fields.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 January 1990
Interactions of light and gravity reception with magnetic fields in Xenopus laevis
Zoologisches Institut II der Universitat Wurzburg, Federal Republic of Germany.
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
© 1990 by Company of Biologists
J Exp Biol (1990) 148 (1): 325–334.
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T. Leucht; Interactions of light and gravity reception with magnetic fields in Xenopus laevis. J Exp Biol 1 January 1990; 148 (1): 325–334. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.148.1.325
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